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Dec 31, 2012 10:45am EST
. it was senator reid at one time. now it's senator mcconnell and vice president biden. but up until friday, senator mcconnell, the republican leader, hadn't been consulted, hadn't been advised, hadn't been involved in any of this. so he gets the call at the last minute to try to come in and sort of rescue this, starts a negotiation that goes over the weekend, and then saturday night makes a proposal to the senate democrats and was told that we'll react to your proposal by 10:00 sunday morning. 10:00 sunday morning passes, 11:00, noon, 1:00, 2:00. he comes to the floor and says we haven't heard back. then the majority leader says look, we don't have a counteroffer. we don't have a proposal. so senator mcconnell then gets on the phone with vice president biden, and that's now where those discussions are occurring. they're occurring between vice president biden and senator mcconnell. but my point, mr. president, is this, there are two people in a room deciding incredibly consequential issues for this country while 99 other united states senators and 435 members of the house of represen
Jan 1, 2013 3:00pm EST
president biden for working numerous hours starting again yesterday morning at 6:45 and winding up with something late last night, more than 12 hours later, over the last two issues, as i understand it. and, yes, i'm glad that a.m.t. was fixed. i would remind everybody that a.m.t. is the last effort that we had to tax the rich and it's backfired to where it now taxes everybody, or almost everybody. and so it desperately needed -- needed a fix. now we're talking about taxing the rich again. i hope that we can come up with some collective ways that will be certain that the people are rich and that it will last over time instead of just for a few short years. in my area of the world, the biggest thing in that bill was the estate taxes. people in own land in wyoming that they bought maybe at $40 an acre now have land that's worth $2,000 an acre or more, and they haven't figured out how to pay the taxes on these few acres that they were able to scrape together over a period of time if the amount of exemption went down to a million dollars. and that's where we were headed. and at a milli
Jan 1, 2013 2:00pm EST
house as well. he had the able efforts of his vice president, joe biden, as well, to help in this effort. last night vice president biden came back to his home, the united states national, where he served for 36 years, and spoke to the senate democrats about the importance of this vote. it was almost an hour and a half on new year's eve, somewhat surreal, as we gathered some away from their spouses for the first time in decades, for this important vote and for an hour and a half we spoke and asked questions of the vice president and expressed our feelings. and you could sense during the course of thew meeting an emerging consensus among the democratic senators. in the end, there were all but three of the democratic senators who voted in favor of this measure. there are parts of it that many of us disagree with, even today, but we understand that is the nature of compromise, that part of what you have to accept may not be popular with you, but you have to be willing to compromise to solve problems. when we look at the issues that were before us, i think we made some significant pro
Dec 31, 2012 10:00am EST
villain such as mussolini, stalin and hitler. i don't think joe biden could laugh at them into. and while we have some sidebar sections, one my favorite is a comparison and contrast between the world's three leading architects of the day, frank lloyd wright and tony gaudi, and walter, who it into my nature, god and man, in that order. or robert perry during race for the north pole. the bulk of this book is dedicated to those political forces that reshaped this entry. as one who gravitates towards the great man theory in most of my history, i was almost at a loss for words last week at a book signing event when a questioner asked me who's the most important person in your book? dawned on me, this really isn't a book about most important people. it's a book about great ideas, and terrible ideas, ideas that in the course of the century were tested in the most climactic of ways, war. but the most important of the ideas that we discuss is something many writers and intellectuals provided lipservice to, american exceptionalism, but which no one has really defined. we are kind of surprise
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